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4:10 AM ET, December 9, 2017


 Top News: 
Allan Smith / Business Insider:
CNN and CBS News issue corrections in stories about an email sent to Trump Jr. about WikiLeaks docs; both orgs independently reported incorrect date  —  - CNN on Friday issued a major correction to a Trump-Russia story.  — A Washington Post story may have nullified the bombshell of CNN's report that it corrected.
Sources: Apple to acquire music recognition app Shazam; one source puts the deal at about $400M; Shazam's post-money valuation after its 2015 funding was $1.02B  —  As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox News updates headline and story saying Roy Moore's accuser “forged” yearbook inscription attributed to Moore to say she added “notes”; deletes related tweet  —  Fox News has updated a report that initially said a woman accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore …
Boston Herald:
GateHouse Media acquires Boston Herald's operational assets for an undisclosed amount; company to continue day-to-day operations as usual  —  Boston Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell announced today that the media company with its flagship Boston Herald tabloid has reached an agreement …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Data from publishing tool SocialFlow says Twitter users are retweeting and liking tweets with over 140 characters almost twice as much as shorter ones  —  Given the deluge of complaints about Twitter's 280-character limit when it debuted this fall, you'd think people would be ignoring the new, lengthier tweets.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Membership Puzzle Project, a yearlong study of membership models like De Correspondent's, finds that members of a publication want it available to the public  —  Both last year and this one, Jay Rosen has watched a realization ripple across the media: Digital advertising alone isn't going to support strong newsrooms.
Discussion: @journalismfest
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
The New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey will publish a book about sexual abuse and harassment scandals with Penguin Press  —  The New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey will publish a book about the sexual abuse and harassment scandals that have convulsed …
WBUR places On Point host Tom Ashbrook on leave over unspecified allegations, while an outside organization investigates  —  Yesterday, Boston University and WBUR received some allegations against Tom Ashbrook.  Tom will be on leave from his duties at WBUR while an outside organization hired …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Music royalty tracker Kobalt acquires Songs Music Publishing for an estimated $160M; Songs expected to shut down with some execs moving to Kobalt  —  In a closely watched music deal, one upstart is buying another for the rights to a catalog of fresh pop hits like Lorde's “Royals” and the Weeknd's “Can't Feel My Face.”
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Conservative opinion magazine The Weekly Standard partners with Facebook in fact-checking effort, drawing claims that Facebook is bowing to ideological pressure  —  Magazine dubbed ‘serial misinformer’ becomes first explicitly partisan organization to aid in task, fueling concerns over rightwing influence at site
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Mashable to cut 13 from video unit, and Mashable Studios president to exit after sale to Ziff Davis; video strategy to focus on social and distribution
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Tencent's music subsidiary, TME, take minority stakes in each other, and Tencent makes a separate investment in Spotify
Discussion: VentureBeat
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Report: young British readers of 8 UK national newspapers spent nearly twice as much time on print editions as on online ones in 2016, except for the Daily Mail
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Gus Garcia-Roberts / Los Angeles Times:
Bryan Singer, producer and director of the X-Men films, is accused in a lawsuit of raping a 17-year-old boy 14 years ago
Farley Elliott / Eater LA:
After vendors pull out following an ownership change, LA Weekly cancels its annual food-and-drink event set for next week
Discussion: The Wrap
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube to introduce paid, on-demand streaming music service in March; Warner has signed on, talks continue with Sony, Universal, and Merlin